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DCNR Secretary Allan visits Allegheny County to announce $509,500 investment in recreation, conservation
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan recently visited the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property in Richland Township that will be conserved as open space with a state conservation and recreation grant.

The secretary highlighted a $509,500 grant to the Allegheny Land Trust for the protection of 146-acres of undeveloped land.

“This particular project is a perfect example of tying the environment to the economy, with the transformation of a former commercial property into protected open space, with the most disturbed areas being dedicated to new economic development,” Allan said. Read more...


DCNR to elevate lake level at Sinnemahoning State Park for data collection
DCNR has announced that it plans to temporarily elevate the lake level behind the George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County to collect data needed for a rehabilitation project for the dam. Read more...


Bids granted for state forest bridge work in Tiadaghton district
A series of construction bids was awarded by DCNR, one paving the way for three bridge replacements on Slate Run Road in Tiadaghton State Forest, Brown Township, Lycoming County. Read more...


DCNR plans white-water release into Tohickon Creek in Bucks County
White-water boating enthusiasts will have a chance to test their paddling skills when the DCNR releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County March 16-17. Read more...


Coldwater Heritage Partnership announces 2013 grant awards
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership recently announced that more than $70,000 in grants have been awarded to local organizations to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. Read more...


Canoe Creek State Park volunteer honored for work with nesting birds
In his more than 11 years of volunteer service to Canoe Creek State Park, Luis Moore has walked a lot of miles of trail monitoring bird nesting boxes in the park, but he delights in looking back to a meeting with the man who encouraged him to take that very first step. Read more...


Also in the News

New online registration system to improve processes for snowmobile/ATV owners
DCNR is upgrading its Snow/ATV Registration Online System to help better serve users’ needs and streamline registration and renewal processes. The new system will be operational on April 1, 2013. Through a new, intuitive design, users will be able to continue their online self-service processing of vehicle registration renewals, but additional functionality will now allow users to request vehicle replacement items and make address changes. The new system will now provide email notification and confirmation of transactions.

Until April 1, applications received for snowmobile or ATV title/registration will be placed on hold until the new system is operational. The delay of processing applications received during this time frame is needed to complete all the previously received applications under the former system. Snowmobile/ATV owners needing registration now through March 24, 2013, are encouraged to process their renewal registrations online or visit a local DCNR dealer to obtain a temporary 45-day registration tag. A dealer list can be found here.

The online renewal system will be shut down from March 25 to April 1, 2013, in preparation for the new system launch. No online transactions can be done during this time. Under the new system, snowmobile/ATV owners will continue to be issued registration renewal notices three months prior to expiration. The renewal notices will have a new appearance. Users will have the option to renew their registrations online using a combination of information from the vehicle: full VIN, four-digit model year and title number and/or registration number.


Act 13 grants available for conservation, environmental protection
The Commonwealth Financing Authority is now accepting applications for five programs established under the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures. The new CFA programs provide $14 million in funding available for abandoned mine drainage, abatement and treatment; watershed restoration and protection; water quality data; greenways trails and recreation; and orphan and abandoned well plugging programs in the state.

Act 13 became law Feb. 14, 2012, creating an impact fee based on wells drilled in the state. Most revenues are distributed to local governments where drilling is taking place, but the remainder is going to statewide programs or distributed to counties based on population. Applications will be accepted through July 31 for consideration at the Nov. 13 CFA meeting.

For more information about the Act 13 programs call (866) 466-3972.


Donor of Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area passes away
Alexander Boyd, who donated a thousand acres that is now Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area in the Pennsylvania state park system, passed away Feb. 19 at his home in Arizona. He served in Burma during WWII with the British Army.

A real estate developer and chairman of Union Deposit Corp., Boyd, age 87, also was a philanthropist known for his generosity and love of nature. He donated the land for Boyd Big Tree in Dauphin County in 1999.

The large mature trees and thick woods of the conservation area make it an ideal habitat for a large variety of woodland creatures. Bluebirds and warblers also can be observed at Boyd Big Tree. There is an observation area on Blue Mountain where bird watchers can see the annual migration of hawks. The area features about 12 miles of trails. For more information about Boyd Big Tree go here.


Chronic wasting disease found in Blair and Bedford counties
The Pa. Game Commission on March 1 confirmed three hunter-killed deer taken in the 2012 general firearms deer season have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two were from Blair County; the other was from Bedford County.

PGC Executive Director Carl G. Roe noted that they are the first positive cases of CWD in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania, and that the disease was first documented in early October, 2012, by the state Department of Agriculture in a captive deer on an Adams County deer farm.

The three hunter-killed deer tissue samples were collected by Game Commission personnel during annual deer aging field checks during the general firearms season for deer. The samples were tested and identified as suspect positive by the Department of Agriculture as part of an ongoing annual statewide CWD surveillance program. The tissue samples were confirmed to be positive for CWD by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, as part of an established verification process.

CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. The latest information and updates to existing CWD information can be accessed on the Game Commission’s website.


Agency Spotlight

Tiadaghton State Forest
The Iroquois lent this forest its name, from the name they gave Pine Creek. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Basic Boating Course at Nescopeck State Park
March 9. Held 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Provided by the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission, the Basic Boating Course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors will provide students with information via a classroom setting to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water. Students who successfully complete the course may apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate for a $10 fee. The certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft (PWC's) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 who operate a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower. More information about this course or boating safety can be found by visiting the Commission's website. Registration required through the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission for this course. Contact WCO Aaron Luppacchini at (570) 406-4041 to register.


For more DCNR events, go here.



March 6, 2013

Agency Spotlight

Tiadaghton State Forest

Tiadaghton State Forest

The Iroquois lent this forest its name, from the name they gave Pine Creek. Read more...




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